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Gentle Yoga with Hanna Somatics

What is Hanna Somatics? Hanna Somatics is a movement therapy invented by Thomas Hanna. Hanna was a student of Moshe Feldenkrais (another movement specialist); who in turn was a student of F.M. Alexander (who devised the Alexander Technique). Hanna Somatics seems at first to be similar to gentle yoga. However the principles are very different, but complementary. Hanna Somatics is concerned with improving and maintaining health in the body. It helps us to adapt to what life brings, whether that is chronic health conditions, injuries, stiffness and old age. Funnily enough, these are many of the reasons why people come to yoga class. Finding Centre I’ve always wondered why our bodies don’t revert back to alignment around the central axis. This axis runs though the centre of our skull, ribcage...

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Gentle Yoga – An Ideal Solution for Lower Back Pain

Do You Have Chronic Back Pain?Chances are, you have suffered from a spot of back pain at some point in your life. In most people, it will heal of it’s own accord. Once the body gets moving again, the muscles relax, release and recover. However, in a growing proportion of the population, back pain can hang around or re-occur, so that the condition becomes chronic.Release Yourself From the Vicious CircleChronic lower back pain creates a vicious circle in which movement is limited due to pain and restriction. When we (unconsciously or consciously) prevent an area of the body from moving we lessen the blood flow and lymphatic drainage to that place. As a consequence, the area becomes tight and stiff and this can contribute to...